Unresolved Charges in Heaven?
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Unresolved Charges in Heaven?

Sometimes, we can get let time and love gloss over unresolved conflicts with others. But when it comes to our crimes against God, the courts of heaven will not let anything slide. God allows suffering to come into our lives as corrective discipline to turn our hearts back to Him. But if we rail against this...

Grinding Out Righteousness
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Grinding Out Righteousness

When God’s desert wooing failed to win Israel’s loyalty, he decreed, “For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods” (Hosea 3:4, NIV). This signifies a time of testing to rebuild trust between God and a person who has abundantly, stubbornly sinned against...

A Gateway of Hope in the Valley of Achor
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A Gateway of Hope in the Valley of Achor

In a gut-wrenching effort to prevent divorce, God said to Israel, “I am going to block her way with thorns…I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart…and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope” (Hosea 2:6; 14-15). Have you found yourself boxed in by...

A Decree of No Grumbling
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A Decree of No Grumbling

When God instructed Hosea to marry a prostitute, Hosea didn’t grumble, “Come on, God, I only have one life! Are you really making me do that?” Instead, Hosea trusted the Lord and did what he’d asked. Can you say the same about your walk with Jesus? When difficult times have come, have you lifted up...

Tearing the Heart of God
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Tearing the Heart of God

The American church today, and the church in most of the Western world as well, face a divorce with God. We’ve been unfaithful and cannot expect the loving presence of God until we’ve rebuilt trust with Him through repentance and obedience. God does not want to let us go—will you give up all expectations, and simply...